ISSCR 2016 San Francisco

I enjoyed the ISSCR 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The talks were great. I learned a lot. There are already several clinical trials ongoing utilizing stem cells and/or gene therapy, which is exciting. I think my talk went well too. Because there are so many great scientists doing great science, I have to think about my strength, environment, capability, and etc. to carefully choose what to do in my lab. Stem cells and genome editing are extremely competitive research fields, but I do not want spend my time doing minor things that nobody cares. As a speaker, I was invited to the President's Reception at the San Francisco City Hall. I lived in San Francisco for 4.5 years, but it was m

Heading to San Francisco

I am waiting for a flight to San Francisco at Tokyo Narita Airport. The ISSCR Annual Meeting is held in San Francisco this year. I am looking forward to seeing friends in the city as well as hearing great science at the meeting. Every time I come to this airport, I remember the anxiety and hope I had when I first came to the US as a postdoc 5 years ago. I came to San Francisco as a postdoc on July 1st 2011, so it is almost exactly 5 years since then. So many things have been changed around me during these 5 years including our new daughter who has the US citizenship. The anxiety became true. Especially the first 2 years. I would say the first 2 years in the US was the hardest 2 years in

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